The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 6, 2015

December 6, 1937

Florence  Griswold (December 25, 1850 to December 6, 1937) turned a family home into a boarding house in Old Lyme, Connecticut. This became the residence of many artists and was actually the basis for what was then famous and is now recalled as the Old Lyme Art Colony. The grounds and surrounding acreage are now a museum, the Florence Griswold Museum, and a National Historic Landmark. The museum website relates that

Cats have long played an important role in the history of the Griswold boardinghouse. Although the cats were most surely useful in controlling the mice that would naturally be a part of a rural homestead, they often outnumbered the guests.

Here is a photo of this beautiful and kind lady.

Because of her,

During the early years of the 20th century, the Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse, became America’s most famous summer art colony.

Childe Hassam was one of the famous painters there.

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